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Advice, tips & tricks and more to  help you get the most out of your Lensbaby.

Each week we share our five favorite photos from your submissions & social shares.

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Our classic creative effect - a round sweet spot of focus.

Find your edge - get a sharp slice of focus effect

Get your glow on - create an ethereal velvet effect.

Crazy curves ahead - striking swirly bokeh & vignette.

Explore the captivating effects that OMNI can create with this gallery of awe-inspiring imagery.

Sharp spot of focus + beautiful blur. 

Sharp slice of focus + smooth blur.

Radiant edge-to-edge glow. 

Swirly, twisty, striking bokeh.

EXPLORE EXTRAORDINARY LENSBABY IMAGERY

Velvet 56


Our most popular art lens - the Velvet 56 adds ethereal mood to any scene with tack-sharp detail layered underneath edge-to-edge velvety glow effect.

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FEATURES

  • 56mm focal length
  • f/1.6 aperture
  • Velvet effect
  • 1:2 macro capability

SPECS

Specs

Creative Effect

Optic Swap Compatible

Focal Length

Aperture

Minimum Focusing Distance

Format Compatibility

Focus Type

Angle of View

Angle of Tilt

Filter Threads

Diaphragm Blades

Elements/ Groups

Dimensions

Weight

Velvet

No

56mm

f/1.6

5"

APS-C and Full Frame

Manual

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62mm

9

4 Elements/ 3 Groups

3.34" (8.53cm) high x 2.8" (7.2cm) wide

14.46oz

COMPATIBILITY CHARTS

Color
Black
Silver Edition
Mount

Focal Length

56mm

Aperture

f/1.6

Effect

Velvet


Velvety Glow


Add as much or as little glow effect as you like by simply changing the aperture.

© Kimberly Walla

© Pauline Putt

Up Close


Get closer than you thought possible with 1:2 macro capability & close focus distance.

Exceptional Versatility


An adaptable 56mm focal length for environmental portraits, still life, street scenes, macro and more!

© Anne Belmont



In Review

"This lens will definitely do it for macro and nature photographers. The halation gives such a beautiful softness, yet dimension at the same time. It is truly magical. "

Victoria Hederer Bell

 

""I am IN LOVE with this lens! The thing that makes me most excited, and the reason I never want to take it off my camera, is the way it jumps from macro to far away shooting. I adore it!"

Caroline Jensen

 

"If I had to choose just one lens to use for photographing flowers for the rest of my life, it would be my Lensbaby Velvet 56."

Kathleen Clemons

 

A Best-Seller For A Reason


In The Media

"Unlike any other lens that I've ever attached to a camera."

 

-Jim Fisher


"A solid, beautiful piece of camera hardware with more than one trick up its sleeve."

 

-Kyle Ford


"The kind of portrait lens that the more you use it the more uses you will find for it."

 

-Joe Farace

"Lensbaby's Velvet 56 lens makes everything gorgeous."

 

-Bill Roberson


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    DS
    07/16/2019
    David S.
    Awesome art lens.

    I use my Lensbaby Velvet 56 as much as any lens I own. I love it's macro abilities, as well as the ability to take super sharp images, or dreamy, velvet-like photos.

    CM
    12/11/2018
    Carla M.
    Velvet 56 is my favorite so far

    Lensbaby Velvet 56 has earned a permanent place in my camera bag. Whether I'm going for a soft, ethereal glow in a flower shot or an intimate examination of petals and stamen, it's my go-to. The effects of the Velvet 56 are impossible to replicate in post processing software, and the excitement of doing precisely what I want in-camera isn't comparable to any other photographic high. It's also fabulous for portrait work and shooting black and white scenes of cemetery stones or old trains.

    K
    05/24/2018
    kells39
    Ethereal at its best....

    I have been playing and self-teaching with my Velvet 56 for about 9 months now and I have definitely improved. I love the effects I can get with this lens, especially with pics of flowers, leaves and close up nature!! I still need to master landscapes and seascapes....practice, practice, practice and hopefully a class soon!! Love my other Lensbaby lenses too and have classes scheduled- definitely need to play with my others more but need some help!! So far this is my favorite Lensbaby but definitely want to expand and improve my horizons.

    kells39 verified customer review of Velvet 56
    C
    04/29/2018
    colin.smith18
    A new chapter in my photography

    I've always admired a particular style of flower photography. When I realised that many of them were taken with a LensBaby I bought the Velvet 56 - and haven't looked back since then. Having this lens and trying it out in different situations has really got my creative juices going, something I have been trying to achieve for a long time. My photography has also become more curious. I look at a situation and wonder how it would look through the Velvet 56 lens. I expect I'll be buying the Sweet next.

    colin.smith18 verified customer review of Velvet 56
    AA
    04/26/2018
    Alison A.
    Loving my new toy!

    I saw this at the Photography Show recently and after having a demo and seeing some of the images it could create - I bought it! Manual focus is something that I'm not very good at but decided that it would help me get better shots if I had to take my time. Great little lens and I am really enjoying practising with it.

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    Silver Edition
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